As I was explaining to a power-boat-owning buddy: I think one of the big differences between power-boaters and sailors is that a sailboat, by its very nature, has a steeper learning curve. I think this tends to result in more savvy skippers.
My wife and I have been out in our boat a half-dozen times, so far. We've yet to have had any sailboat do anything stupid in our sight. (Well, other than the neighbour that *cough* rammed our stern rail.) But as for powerboats: We had one just plain stop dead at the end of a channel, with us behind him and a raft of other boats behind us. Blocking the outgoing side of the channel. Absolutely oblivious.
A couple of weekends ago, the canal was lousy with powerboats coming in just as we were coming in. Looked like rush hour on the freeway. They'd come in from one side or the other, cut each other off, etc. We several times had to go into neutral, or even reverse, to stay a safe distance back from them.
Had a powerboat yesterday, out on the lake, one of those big floating sky-scrapers, coming directly across our course, on a collision course. Did he yield? Hell no. We did an emergency tack. (And not very cleanly, either.) He never slowed. He never changed course. He just kept on going.
And another, much smaller powerboat, in front of us in the canal yesterday. Weaving back-and-forth at a speed below our idle speed. Gave him a short toot of the horn. His two passengers glanced back and he just kept doing what he'd been doing.
I didn't used to have an "attitude" about powerboaters. I'm quickly developing one